The Kenneth Clark Society ARTiculation Travel Award was established in 2014 sponsored by the Kenneth Clark Society to enable students to visit works of art, architecture or exhibitions of their choice within the British Isles.
Students who participate in ARTiculation through our outreach programme are invited to submit a 100-200 word outline of where they would like to visit and why.
Awards are announced at the ARTiculation Prize Finals in Cambridge.
The Kenneth Clark Society is the Art History society of Winchester College. Amongst its activities is the raising of money to support art projects in primary schools and special schools, and recently, the reframing of Titian’s An Allegory of Prudence in the National Gallery.
Kenneth Clark Society ARTiculation Travel Award 2017
Nine Travel Awards were presented at the Final of ARTiculation 2017 by Anne Beckwith-Smith, Trustee of the Roche Court Educational Trust to students from Kingsdale Foundation School, Jane Austin College, St Mary Redcliffe and temple School, St George’s, Lyng Hall School, Christ the King, Royal Grammar School, Newcastle, City of Wolverhampton College and St Marylebone School.
‘I am writing to personally thank you for my Kenneth Clark Travel Award. I spent a day at the National Gallery, specifically visiting The Arnolfini Portrait. This visit allowed me to study this painting alongside many others in more depth for my A Level History of Art. Many thanks, Skye.’
Skye Williams, Christ the King College, Isle of Wight
‘Today I have visited the Tate Modern using the Kenneth Clark Travel Award. I went with my family and we had a great time. My two younger sisters hadn’t been to an art gallery before and they loved it! I went to the gallery looking for some inspiration for my current art project and was inspired greatly by Kelley Walker’s art work. I am excited to start exploring his artwork further. Thank you again for awarding me with the Travel Award. Beth’
Beth Buckenham, Jane Austin College, Norwich
Pursuing my interest in the Pre-Raphaelites and leading on from my talk about Elizabeth Siddal, I used this travel award to visit William
Morris’s Red House in Bexleyheath. The house was beautifully decorated and preserved since its commission by Morris in the 1850s who at the time was inspired by medieval and gothic architecture. As well as visiting the house for leisure Morris’s friends; Rossetti, Webb, Faulkner and Burne-Jones also used the house for decorative experiments. What was really interesting, was that since the ownership of William Morris, the house has been redecorated over 6 times making it the job of the art historians to peel away and reveal the original gothic revival works by Morris’s companions. My personal highlight were the biblical frescos in Morris’s bedroom which up until 3 years ago were all believed to be painted by Elizabeth Siddal. However, since then it has been confirmed that each of the 5 figures were painted by different artists with Siddal only contributing to the figure of Rachel. Furthermore, I loved the fact that the ladies of the Brotherhood would often be Muses for illustrations upon different pieces of furniture; Siddal being sighted upon a cabinet in the hall of the house, painted by her lover Rosetti. Thank you to Articulation for giving me this experience.
Francesca Weir, St George’s, London
Kenneth Clark Society ARTiculation Travel Award 2016
In 2016 eight students from Dixons City Academy, City College Brighton and Hove, St Mary Redcliffe and Temple School, Kingsdale Foundation School, Newham Sixth Form College, Andover College, Henry Box School and Totton College have been awarded the ARTiculation Travel Award, enabling them to visit museums, galleries or exhibitions of their choice.
Rosie took part in the 2016 West Yorkshire Regional Heat at Leeds City Art Gallery and used the Travel Award to visit The Courtauld. Here is what Rosie said about the exhibition:
The trip to the Courtauld Institute was a very useful and enjoyable experience. The impressionist section is wonderfully arranged and such colourful, free works never fail to raise my spirits. I was particularly interested in the room which featured some German Expressionists which will helpfully further my current A-level project based around German or German-speaking artists or movements. The highlight actually came from the unexpected source of an exquisite ink and graphite sketch by Van Gogh which I was able to privately view thanks to the involvement in Prints and Paper department of the institute. This allowed me to gauge an insideview of the institute’s inner workings as well as an insight into the quality of their collection. This was also shown by the lovely ‘Regarding Trees’ exhibition which used some of the Cortauld’s collection to showcase the way a humble tree has been elevated to an artwork. I also extremely enjoyed the Georgiana Houghton exhibition. I loved the free brush strokes and was fascinated by the theory, theology and ideas behind her style and way of thinking. Although at this moment in time I have moved away from studying history of art and more towards history and German combined, trips such as these do continue to reinforce my want to work in a museum or gallery space in the future. All staff and students were welcoming and I feel I have benefited heavily from the trip in many ways.
Louise took part in the 2016 London Quarter Final at the Whitechapel Gallery and used the Travel Award to Visit St. Ives to see Barbara Hepworth’s Studio and Sculpture Garden. Louise said Thank you for the Travel Award; the area was very beautiful and peaceful.
Dafydd took part in the 2016 South West regional heat and used the Travel Award to visit Alexander Calder: Performing Sculpture at Tate Modern. Here is what he said about the exhibition:
‘The visit was my first time seeing Calder’s sculpture in real life, something I had wanted to do for years. It isn’t until you see his work in the flesh that you get a sense of its unique mobility and the way it interacts with its surrounding space. Simply seeing his work on a page doesn’t allow for you to see the way his mobiles delicately play with the light, creating shadows that I felt were almost as interesting than the art itself. The exhibition gave a great deal of creative inspiration to me and I highly recommend that artists and non-artists alike make the most of any chance to see his work.’
‘It was fascinating to see that artists who usually painted different subjects were united by their interest in painting gardens. As well as being an impressive collection of paintings, that gave the viewer an overview of the various art movements of the early twentieth century, particularly impressionism, the way the work was presented gave me an insight into the personal lives of the artists, helping me to feel more connected to the work.’
ARTiculation Travel Award 2015
In 2015 four students from Folkestone, Sevenoaks, London and Birmingham were awarded the Travel Award, enabling them to visit the Textiles Museum in York, the National Gallery, the National Portrait Gallery and the Sir John Soane’s Museum in London.